Journalism Course Descriptions

JOU 216 Writing for Mass Media

This course is an introduction to news writing for newspapers and other print media including the techniques of news gathering, reporting, and interviewing. Emphasis is placed on basic methods of gathering information, conducting interviews, organizing a story, writing leads, writing clear, concise copy, and upon developing research skills. Upon completion, students should be able to write clear, concise, accurate, complete, balanced and readable news stories according to guidelines set by industry standards.

This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 111
Corequisite: None
JOU 216 Course Outline


JOU 217 Feature/Editorial Writing

This course covers the basics of persuasive writing for community newspapers and other print media. Emphasis is placed on writing features, reviews, and editorials including audience analysis, appropriate language, effective supporting details, completeness, and accuracy. Upon completion, students should be able to write effective feature stories, reviews, and editorials.

This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA as a premajor and/or elective course requirement.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 111
Corequisite: None
JOU 217 Course Outline